By: Joe Graedon December 9, 2002 0 Comments
    How To Use Duct Tape On Warts

    Q. I have heard that duct tape works to get rid of warts. How do you use it and how long does it take? A. Research on duct tape was published in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine (Oct.…

    By: Joe Graedon December 2, 2002 0 Comments
    Coconut Solves Diarrhea Problem

    Q. I read in your column that coconut macaroon cookies could help control diarrhea. I have had chronic intermittent diarrhea once or twice a week for 20 years. The doctors have never been able to solv…

    By: Joe Graedon November 26, 2002 0 Comments
    Garlic Won’t Replace Cholesterol Drug

    Q. For several years my cardiologist has had me on Lescol to lower my cholesterol. Lately I have noticed muscle pain and weakness that I think are tied to this drug. When I had my blood tested, my ove…

    By: Joe Graedon November 18, 2002 0 Comments
    Carrot Juice May Turn Skin Orange

    Q. I've heard that too much vitamin A can be dangerous. I drink 4 oz. of carrot juice every day and I'm wondering if that might account for my dry skin. A. Regular intake of vitamin A at a dose of mor…

    By: Joe Graedon November 11, 2002 0 Comments
    Olive Oil Solves Sticky Problem

    Q. My husband and I have found that olive oil is the best sexual lubricant, and it's natural. First we tried Astroglide but didn't find it helpful. We got rid of the product but kept the little contai…

    By: Joe Graedon November 4, 2002 1 Comments
    Allergy Herb Relieves Prostate Problem

    Q. A couple of months ago I read a letter in your column about a man with allergies. Because of an enlarged prostate, he couldn't take the usual over-the-counter antihistamines. You suggested the herb…

    By: Joe Graedon October 29, 2002 0 Comments
    Don’t Treat Stiff Joints Like Squeaky Hing…

    Q. I recently learned that an uncle is using WD-40 on his arthritic joints. A friend of his has been doing this for some time. Since my uncle had some in the garage he put it on his knees. Have you ev…

    By: Joe Graedon October 21, 2002 1 Comments
    Peppermint May Interact With Medications

    Q. Periodic bouts with irritable bowel syndrome cause me painful cramping and gas. My doctor prescribes Donnatal, but it makes me drowsy. I have read that peppermint oil would help. Could you give me …

    By: Joe Graedon October 14, 2002 0 Comments
    Don’t Douche With Yogurt -Eat It!

    Q. I have infrequent vaginal yeast infections, but I don't like to use creams like Monistat. They were once prescribed by doctors and now are available over the counter, but I prefer a more natural ap…

    By: Joe Graedon October 7, 2002 0 Comments
    Natural Remedy For Morning Sickness

    Q. My daughter is in the seventh week of her second pregnancy. She is experiencing excessive morning sickness, vomiting four or five times a day. The doctor at a pregnancy clinic told her to take pren…

    By: Joe Graedon October 1, 2002 0 Comments
    Power Of Pomegranates To Promote Health

    Q. I read your summary of the cardiovascular health benefits of pomegranate juice, and couldn't believe my eyes. I love pomegranates! Can you tell me more about the potential of this juice to promote …

    By: Joe Graedon September 23, 2002 0 Comments
    Don’t Count On Catnip Against West Nile Vi…

    Q. I read the article about using catnip as a mosquito repellent. Will merely planting catnip around the house ward off mosquitoes? Or is it necessary to crush the leaves, releasing the plants' oils? …

    By: Joe Graedon September 16, 2002 0 Comments
    Reader Worried About Licorice Fetish

    Q. I was alarmed to read that eating licorice can lead to high blood pressure, weakness, fatigue, loss of libido and mineral imbalance. Is this only true of black licorice? I eat a good deal of strawb…

    By: Joe Graedon September 9, 2002 0 Comments
    West Nile Worries Feed Mosquito Phobia

    Q. Whenever I turn on the television and see another report about West Nile Virus it scares me to death. I live in Florida and play golf at least three times a week and also work outside in the yard. …

    By: Joe Graedon September 2, 2002 0 Comments
    Sage For Stopping Bleeding

    Q. More than 40 years ago I worked in a Chinese restaurant. One day at work I somehow stabbed an icepick through the end of my thumb and it bled severely. I couldn't get it stopped even long enough to…

    By: Joe Graedon August 26, 2002 0 Comments
    Will Growth Hormone Keep Him Young?

    Q. I am a 30-year-old man, and I am starting to feel old. I am in the Army and can tell that I've lost a step on the younger guys. I want to improve my overall health, and after looking here and there…

    By: Joe Graedon August 19, 2002 0 Comments
    Can Catnip Chase Mosquitoes Away?

    Q. Someone recently inquired about mosquito repellent for a trip to Alaska. I can't remember where I read that catnip proved better as a mosquito repellent than DEET. I put this to the test last week …

    By: Joe Graedon August 12, 2002 0 Comments
    Don’t Look To Licorice To Remove Facial Ha…

    Q. I understand that eating licorice lowers testosterone levels in men. Will it have the same impact on testosterone levels in women? Could this hormonal effect be a solution to eliminating unwanted f…

    By: Joe Graedon August 5, 2002 0 Comments
    Natural Alternatives For Treating Lice

    Q. Friends have called in a panic about treating lice. Their six-year-old daughter brought them home from summer camp. When I was a girl my parents used kerosene, but I hated it. These folks are reluc…

    By: Joe Graedon July 29, 2002 0 Comments
    Cookies Combat Doggie Diarrhea

    Q. I've read in your column about coconut macaroon cookies as a treatment for chronic diarrhea. My dog has been diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome, for which he has been prescribed prednisone. I …

    By: Joe Graedon July 22, 2002 0 Comments
    Natural Ways To Avoid The Knife

    Q. I am a distance runner and my feet are in awful shape. They're cracked and scaly and the toenails are thickened with fungus. Trying to clip my nails is an exercise in frustration. To compound my pr…

    By: Joe Graedon July 15, 2002 0 Comments
    Bad Breath Is All In His Head

    Q. My husband believes that he has halitosis. However, after living with him for 18 years, I can assure you that he does not. Because of this belief, he has begun buying a special mouthwash product co…

    By: Joe Graedon July 15, 2002 0 Comments
    The Vitamin Wars Are Over

    The vitamin wars are officially over. Record the date for posterity: June 19, 2002. That's when the American Medical Association published a radical new recommendation-most Americans should be taking …

    By: Joe Graedon July 8, 2002 0 Comments
    Drinking Tea Has Many Health Benefits

    Q. I am a tea drinker--green, black and herbals. I grew up putting milk in my black tea but I drink iced tea and herbals unadulterated. I happened to overhear a conversation in which someone said putt…

    By: Joe Graedon July 8, 2002 1 Comments
    Surprising Uses For Vicks Vaporub

    Some of the most fascinating medical discoveries happen by accident. Aspirin was originally a pain reliever, plain and simple. But a chance discovery by a family physician in Glendale, California, sug…

    By: Joe Graedon July 1, 2002 0 Comments
    A Spoonful Of Cinnamon Makes The Sugar Go Down

    Q. I believe I heard that cinnamon helps with blood sugar control in diabetes. Is this true and if so, how much does it take? A. We have heard from a number of people that one teaspoon of cinnamon on …

    By: Joe Graedon June 17, 2002 0 Comments
    Will Herbs Pump Up The Penis?

    Q. I have seen advertisements for pills that are supposed to enlarge and lengthen the penis naturally. They contain herbal ingredients such as yohimbe, ginseng, ginkgo and some that I have never heard…

    By: Joe Graedon June 10, 2002 0 Comments
    Do Herbal Enhancers Increase Breast Size?

    Q. What can you tell me about herbal breast enlargers? I'm considering surgery, but first I would like to try one of these products if they work and don't have nasty side effects. I am generally skept…

    By: Joe Graedon June 10, 2002 0 Comments
    Dandruff Shampoo Works For Jock Itch

    Q. I liked your article on relieving jock itch by using Cetaphil skin cleanser. I tried it and it works great. My family doctor recommended an alternative to Cetaphil: Selsun Blue dandruff shampoo. Ap…

    By: Joe Graedon June 3, 2002 0 Comments
    Pomegranate Juice To Prevent Heart Disease

    Q. I have recently read that there are health benefits of drinking several ounces of pomegranate juice daily. I can't find where I read this and would appreciate knowing what your research on pomegran…

    By: Joe Graedon May 28, 2002 0 Comments
    What Kind Of Tea Prevents Heart Attacks?

    Q. There was something on the news about how tea drinkers are less likely to have heart attacks. Does it matter if it is regular or decaffeinated tea? What about hot tea compared to iced tea? And is h…

    By: Joe Graedon May 27, 2002 123 Comments
    Archway Coconut Macaroon Cookies For Diarrhea

    This is one of the tastiest and most unusual home remedies we have ever collected. Donald Agar had suffered from Crohn's disease for many years. Diarrhea was a constant problem. By accident he discove…

    By: Joe Graedon May 20, 2002 0 Comments
    Can Diet Help Relieve Joint Pain?

    Q. I was eating a piece of chocolate when a friend said, "That's not good for your arthritis." Since then, another friend told me to avoid tomatoes. All this advice is confusing me. Are there really f…

    By: Joe Graedon April 29, 2002 0 Comments
    Remedies For Arthritis And High Cholesterol

    Q. I have a sensitive stomach and cannot tolerate aspirin, ibuprofen or even Celebrex or Vioxx. Tylenol isn't very helpful for my stiff fingers and sore knees.   My doctor seems frustrated about…

    By: Joe Graedon April 29, 2002 0 Comments
    St. John’s Wort Study Creates Confusion

    Q. I have been taking St. John's wort for the past three years for mild depression. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that I am doing better than I used to. My mood and outlook improved without …

    By: Joe Graedon April 22, 2002 1 Comments
    Is Garlic Toxic To The Brain?

    Q. A friend of mine sent me an article about garlic being toxic. He says it slows reflexes and impairs concentration. I am a great fan of garlic and use a lot of it when I cook. Now I am concerned abo…

    By: Joe Graedon April 22, 2002 0 Comments
    Chaste-Tree Berry For Chastity?

    Q. I'm a 39-year-old woman in need of an herb that can decrease sex drive. I think you've written about this before, but I can't recall the herb you suggested. I'm in excellent health,…

    By: Joe Graedon April 22, 2002 3 Comments
    Remedies For Dry, Itchy Skin

    Q. My skin is so dry and itchy that sometimes I have to stop and scratch in the middle of a tennis game. This annoys my partner, and of course it bothers me more than I can say. What suggestions do yo…

    By: Joe Graedon April 15, 2002 4 Comments
    Varied Uses For Vicks

    Q. Your column is a blast. Have you compiled a list of all the uses of Vicks VapoRub? I find it amazing how many things can be done with one simple product! A. Vicks VapoRub has been available for nea…

    By: Joe Graedon April 8, 2002 0 Comments
    Getting Off The Laxative Bandwagon

    Q. Years ago I had a serious eating problem (anorexia) and began to use laxatives to help me keep weight off. I eventually became dependent on them and now would like to discontinue their use. When I …